Speaking with IGN at WonderCon, Aquaman director James Wan explained that Aquaman will have a much lighter tone than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice:
The kind of filmmaker that I am, even my darker horror films generally are still very fun. And I think that's important for me and the kind of films I make. I think Aquaman is a character that a lot of people have made fun of over the years, and I just think it's fun to actually show a really different, cool, badass side to this character. But the same time, let's not forget to have fun with it.
So while the Aquaman movie will feature no shortage of badass and awesome action for Arthur Curry to engage in, the movie won’t forget how to enjoy itself. This is incredibly important, because many people would argue that the tone of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice could often feel oppressive at times. At this point we can only guess, but we feel as though the film may share numerous tonal elements with the first Thor film in the way it balances godlike action with the more ridiculous aspects of the character. After all, this is a hero who does have the ability to talk to fish; we can't take it too seriously at the end of the day.
James Wan explains that even when he has made horror films, he has taken it upon himself to ensure that the movies feel fun even when they’re terrifying audiences. One need only look at the "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" scene from Insidious to understand what he’s talking about. It’s a horrifying sequence, but one that very clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously. Check it out below to see what I’m talking about.
What do you think of James Wan’s comments? Are you excited to see Aquaman debut on the silver screen? We will keep you up to date on all of the latest and greatest DC superhero happenings; be sure to check out Aquaman’s big screen debut when Justice League: Part One hits theaters on November 17, 2017, and again when his solo film hits theaters on July 27, 2018.